London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., 1935. Item #03606
First Trade Edition
In The Original Pictorial Dust Jacket
[RACKHAM, Arthur, illustrator]. POE, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London: George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd. .
First trade edition. Large Octavo ( 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches; 248 x 190 mm.). Twelve color plates with descriptive tissue guards. Seventeen full page black and white illustrations. Eleven head- tailpieces.
Publisher's black cloth, front cover and spine pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt, pictorial 'skeleton' endpapers, top edge stained black. Neat ink inscription on front free end-paper. A near fine copy in the original color pictorial dust jacket, very slightly worn at spine extremities but still near fine.
"According to Rackham, the illustrations he provided for Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, in 1935, frightened even him, and whilst this might only be expected when a fine illustrator meets a fine and frightening text…The best plates are…indicative of a grandeur and vision one might not so far have perceived in Rackham…Perhaps not a book or set of illustrations for a night's reading in bed, alone" (Gettings, Arthur Rackham, pp. 163-164).
Latimore and Haskell, pp. 73. Riall, p. 189.